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Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS)

Project Description
The Discovery of the Sound in the Sea project ( is funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The original grant and following renewal funding has allowed for the production of an interactive, educational web site; a 12-page booklet for stakeholders (currently available in English and Spanish); a tri-fold brochure (available in multiple languages); and an interactive iBook developed by the University of Rhode Island's (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) and Marine Acoustics Inc. (MAI). The website was launched in November 2002 and continues to be redesigned to be more mobile-friendly. Our success is demonstrated by continued funding (in total more than $2 million) and the ever-increasing number of website hits we receive each year. Through August 2015 the DOSITS site has seen more than 86 million hits and more than 7.5 million page views.

Resources undergo regular updates and rigorous scientific review by a multidisciplinary panel of scientists in the field, led by Drs. Peter Worcester (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), James H. Miller (University of Rhode Island), Darlene Ketten (Jefferson Science Fellow, National Academy of Sciences and U.S. Dept. of State, Harvard University Medical School, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), and Arthur N. Popper (University of Maryland). In addition to the core advisory team, the DOSITS scientific content has been reviewed by over 20 scientific experts (see for a complete list). Advisory committee members are added, as appropriate, to review specific scientific content as it relates to their expertise.

Related Publications

Scowcroft, G., Vigness Raposa, K., Knowlton, C., and Morin, H. 2015. Discovery of Sound in the Sea. University of Rhode Island. (16-page information booklet)

Scowcroft, G., Vigness Raposa, K., Knowlton, C., and Morin, H. 2015. Discovery of Sound in the Sea. University of Rhode Island. (tri-fold pamphlet)

Vigness-Raposa, K.J., Scowcroft, G., Knowlton, C., and Morin, H.M. 2014. Underwater Acoustics for Everyone. Acoustics Today. 10 (2): 50-59.

Vigness-Raposa, K.J., Scowcroft, G., Miller, J.H., and Ketten, D.R. 2012. Discovery of Sound in the Sea: An on-line resource. In: The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life (Arthur N. Popper and Anthony Hawkins, eds.). Springer, New York.

Vigness-Raposa, K.J., G. Scowcroft, C. Knowlton, and P.F. Worcester. 2008. The Discovery of Sound in the Sea website: An educational resource. Bioacoustics 17:348-350.

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